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Directed by Apurba Kishore Bir
Produced by Children's Film Society, India
Written by Apurba Kishore Bir
Starring Yakub Shaikh
Ram Avna
Roni Bhatt
Saroj Bhagwar
Music by Bhavdeep Jaipurwale
Cinematography Apurba Kishore Bir
Distributed by Children's Film Society
Release date
  • 2002 (2002)
Running time
80 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Baaja (Mouth Organ; Hindi: बाजा) is a 2002 Indian Hindi film directed by Apurba Kishore Bir.


A free and compassionate human spirit is trapped in Shibu, an eleven-year-old boy. In order to guide Shibu's wandering energy on a constructive path, his widow mother sends him to the city from the village, with his uncle. But Shibu's carefree approach to life and his energetic response to reality, makes him a subject of annoyance to the neighbour as well as his own aunt. This forces his uncle to be strict with him and he takes him along to his shoe shop, in order to keep a watch on him, studying. But the situation leads Shibu on a different track. Being asked by the Uncle to carry a pair of shoes to a doctor's residence, Shibu ventures across the streets and lanes in his casual and carefree manner while encountering some stray incidents. But, then something very sudden and unpredictable happens, which invites him to show his true potential and real merit, to surprise the adults, effected by indifferent attitude.



Awards & Participation[edit]

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Bhavdeep Jaipurwale arranged the music for this film.


A. K. Bir too has a child protagonist in Baaja. Shibu is brought from the village to the town to be better educated. The boy's encounters and adventures on the streets bring out his savvy nature and concern for others; they also give him a better understanding of values. Shibu gives first aid to a grandma who has been cudgelled by a thief, minds the wailing baby, finds a doctor, and recovers the stolen gold chain. Since Bir is unable to decide whether to opt for realism or the fairy tale mode, the film hangs uneasily between the two genres. [3]

See also[edit]

National Film Award for Best Children's Film


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